There was previously a lengthy and wonderfully useful thread on this forum about the many wonderful perennials out there that are not often seen or used due to being out of fashion, difficult to grow and/or sell in nursery containers, slow to establish or just simply not well known.
What perennials (including bulbs, grasses, ferns, etc., as well as traditional herbaceous perennials) do you all think should be used more often?
My list would include the following:
1. Many of the so-called minor bulbs like winter aconites, snowdrops, puschkinia, Corydalis solida, hepatica and wood anemones (Anemone nemorosa and A. ranunculoides). It is hard to obtain viable, good quality stock of these plants but they can be spectacular once growing and multiplying.
3. Trilliums of all types
4. Ranunculus aconitifolius 'Flore Pleno' aka Fair Maids of France
5. Natives like Mertensia virginica, Stylophorum diphyllum, Geranium maculatum, Phlox divaricata, Phlox stolonifera, Uvularia grandiflora and spring beauties (Claytonia virginica)
6. Native alliums like A. cernuum and A. stellatum as well as rhizomatous hybrids like 'Milennium'.
8. Native, shade-loving, fall asters like Aster divaricatus and A. cordifolius.
9. Martagon lilies
- Anemone 'Honorine Jobert', probably my favorite fall perennial.
- Smaller narcissus like Narcissus pseudonarcissus and 'W. P. Milner' (the latter opens pale lemon yellow and then slowly fades to creamy, silvery, glowing white). Both of these are shorter than most daffodils and have foliage that is far less conspicuous than the larger types.
- Hosta plantaginea. Perhaps it is too elegant to be taken seriously as a "real" hosta, lol?
- Pasqueflowers (Pulsatilla).
So that is my baker's dozen. What other treasures would you add?